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Materialised Oppression in Medical Tools and Technologies

22 November @ 16:00 - 17:30

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We are pleased to invite you to participate in the seminar on AI applications in healthcare given by Shen-yi Liao (Puget Sound). Please find the details below and register via this LINK by Nov 21th. We will send you the link for the talk later. Materialised Oppression in Medical Tools and Technologies November 22, 16:00 – 17:30 (Amsterdam Time) Shen-yi Liao (Puget Sound) & Vanessa Carbonell (University of Cincinnati) Abstract It is well-known that racism is encoded into the social practices and…
We are pleased to invite you to participate in the seminar on AI applications in healthcare given by Shen-yi Liao (Puget Sound). Please find the details below and register via this LINK by Nov 21th. We will send you the link for the talk later. Materialised Oppression in Medical Tools and Technologies November 22, 16:00 - 17:30 (Amsterdam Time) Shen-yi Liao (Puget Sound) & Vanessa Carbonell (University of Cincinnati) Abstract It is well-known that racism is encoded into the social practices and institutions of medicine. Less well-known is that racism is encoded into the material artifacts of medicine. We argue that many medical tools and technologies are not merely biased, but oppressive. An oppressive device exhibits a harmful bias that reflects and perpetuates unjust power relations. Using pulse oximeters and spirometers as case studies, we show how medical devices can materialize oppression along various axes of social difference, including race, gender, class, and ability. Our account uses political philosophy and cognitive science to give a theoretical basis for understanding materialized oppression, explaining how artifacts encode and carry oppressive ideas from the past to the present and future. Oppressive medical devices present a moral aggregation problem. To remedy this problem, we suggest redundantly layered solutions that are coordinated to disrupt the causal nexus of oppression.

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22 November
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16:00 - 17:30

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the seminar on AI applications in healthcare given by Shen-yi Liao (Puget Sound). Please find the details below and register via this LINK by Nov 21th. We will send you the link for the talk later.

Materialised Oppression in Medical Tools and Technologies

November 22, 16:00 – 17:30 (Amsterdam Time)

Shen-yi Liao (Puget Sound) & Vanessa Carbonell (University of Cincinnati)

Abstract

It is well-known that racism is encoded into the social practices and institutions of medicine. Less well-known is that racism is encoded into the material artifacts of medicine. We argue that many medical tools and technologies are not merely biased, but oppressive.

An oppressive device exhibits a harmful bias that reflects and perpetuates unjust power relations. Using pulse oximeters and spirometers as case studies, we show how medical devices can materialize oppression along various axes of social difference, including race, gender, class, and ability. Our account uses political philosophy and cognitive science to give a theoretical basis for understanding materialized oppression, explaining how artifacts encode and carry oppressive ideas from the past to the present and future.

Oppressive medical devices present a moral aggregation problem. To remedy this problem, we suggest redundantly layered solutions that are coordinated to disrupt the causal nexus of oppression.

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